History of the Town of Stanfield

TrainThe Town of Stanfield was established upon completion of the railroad line from Raleigh to Charlotte in 1912. Stanfield was named for an engineer who helped complete the rail line through present day Stanfield.

In May 1955 a bill was introduced into the North Carolina Legislature to incorporate and charter the Town of Stanfield. Stanfield’s first Mayor was I.H. Blair and the first Town Commissioners’ were Dowd Greene, Ralph L. Thomas, O.Y. Tucker, Ray L. Little and Zeb Furr.

Upon completion of the railroad came the post office. The present Post Office Building has been in use since 1955.

Around 1918-1919 three areas schools were combined to create Stanfield School. Those schools were Rocky River, Cedar Hill, and Oak Grove.

Stanfield High SchoolIn 1925, Stanfield High School was built on the present Stanfield School site along Loves Chapel Road. C.F. Henkel (Stanfield Mayor from 1972-1990) began teaching Agriculture at Stanfield High School. He later taught at West Stanly High School when the Stanfield High School was torn down in 1977. The first meal served in the Stanfield School was February 26, 1956. This cafeteria is still used by students at Stanfield Elementary School today. Stanfield High School graduated its last class in 1962.

Currently, Stanfield Elementary School houses Pre-kindergarten to Eighth Grade with Ninth to Twelfth Grades attending West Stanly High School.

The oldest active church in the Stanfield area is Love’s Chapel Methodist Church. This church was founded in 1857.

Community Clean-Up
Pete Henkel Park was built during the 1970’s. Since then several upgrades have been completed. Pete Henkel Park boasts two softball/baseball fields, a tennis court, and playground. Improvements are continuing.

Stanfield had a Community Song to the tune of “Carolina In the Morning”. The words to the Stanfield Community song are shown below.

"In 1914 railroads passing through and forming the Town of Stanfield,
Bringing with them ways for folks to travel and to build a new town, Stanfield.
Schools and churches, stores and business thrived in those days.
People moved to be a part of new ways.
Nothing could be finer than to be in Stanfield now when it is growing.
A small town deep within the country and a lot of hospitality.
Building plans for future growth to make our life all happy, wise, and healthy.
So if you’re looking for a place that you can call home. Come on out to Stanfield, you’ll nevermore roam.
You will like our country town – we have interests all around in Stanfield."

"Stanfield Grew With Coming of Railroad"
from The Stanly News & Press, April 14,1972
Written by: Ms. Tina McLester

First Stanfield FamilyThe Town of Stanfield, bustling little municipality along Highway 200 and the Norfolk-Southern Railroad in southwestern Stanly County, apparently was named for an engineer who helped put the railroad from Raleigh to Charlotte through this in the year 1912.

The following is a compilation of historical data on the community as thorough as this writer could make it with limited time for research.


Love's Chapel United Methodist Church founded. First building was log, below road among trees. A plank structure replaced it. Charlie Love bought it and built his house
1890's - Lee School in flat behind Wayne Love's home.


The railroad was finished in 1912. Stanfield named for engineer on railroad, extending line from Raleigh to Charlotte. Depot on Israel Furr place. C.M. Love third resident of Stanfield. H.P. Love and Luther Thomas moved into new homes same day. The railroad brought the mail, so the Post Office was moved from Locust to receive it. E.B. Smith was the first post master. Lum Huneycutt carried mail on regular Route 1, Locust. After it was moved, Titus Hartsell helped with Star Route 2 (32 boxes reported). When the depot burned, the railroad placed a new one on the other side of the tracks and later moved it. Tim McCoy was the depot agent, later Mrs. Mary Love. Arthur Teeter ran the first store, the first house was built near Mrs. Brooks Jerome's (her father's home). E.B. Smith had store, Flory Smith bought it. The Rocky River School was near Sylvester Furr's Little School (near Hazel Efird's) ran about 70 years ago, A.C. Huneycutt teacher, later ARch Huneycutt. Tyler Huneycutt taught at Cedar Hill. Mann School (near Aaron Lee's) was consolidated to Cedar Hill, built about midway in the early 1900's.

W.J. Lee built home on site of Burton Mullis home, he and Mrs. Lee moved into it in March, kept borders. Charlie Love built that year, also Albert Cratton house built (old Furr or Jenkins) house where Phillips 66 now stands. Les and Nan Brattain moved in, renting it, in September. The E.T. "Tink" Huneycutt store still stands beside Luther Thomas store building, it burned in the 30's, was vacant. Henry Crayton's Merchandise Store opened, Mac and Albert worked in it, Ran Tucker bought it. Ran Tucker's widow ran a store in it after his death. Luther Thomas Store, rebuilt since, was on the corner white it now stands; the original had living quarters upstairs. Sam Lee ran a cafe.

Post Office built, first one was on corner, later used back of what is now Ralph Thomas' store. Wade Love had present post office built. In 1926, Grady Greene, Sr. moved to town, rented PO Box 32, still has it. He substituted for Lum Huneycutt, Mailman, for about 20 years, four years as regular mail carrier, three years without a substitute. At first, the mail was carried by horse and buggy, then by car. The Star Route has been in existence for about 20 years. The mail run covered Mt. Pleasant and Bear Creek, also. Mrs Effie Tarleton was postmistress in 1939, following Mrs. Ona Little who had the job from '33 to '39. Mrs. Roy L. Furr has been postmistress since 1940. The present post office was built in 1955.

The old Smyrna Baptist Church, Drye School, Love's old mill (water wheel), are included in the Stanfield Community History.

The first school taught in Stanfield was in Luther Thomas' building (warehouse later used as garage). A prescription school, the teacher was Mrs. Tim McCoy with about 65 pupils. Eight grades were taught in one little building, not more than half the size of one of our present school rooms.

Miss Selma Austin taught in the same building. School was held in Presbyterian Church where Ralph Thomas' home is. Miss Hargrave taught about 75 students, (Church used by Presbyterians and Baptists). Miss Wadene Love, pianist in 30's; building torn down in the 30's. The Lawrence and Claude Smith Livery Stable burned down during a holiday, much trading was going on, people smoking; the straw caught. Twenty-three horses burned. Located on corner below Mrs. Della Petrea's at the time, Joe Huneycutt had a store where Eva Morgan homeplace is.

The Tom Love cotton gin burned (on site of Stanfield Mills). A two story structure was used for school gym. Lula Furr one of the first teachers (no seats, sat on plants). The agriculture building come from Cedar Hill, sat on corner of grounds. Some students went to Stanly Hall in Locust in higher grades. Haden Baker was teacher, only seven grades. Stanfield second to vote special tax, so built new school. Mrs. Minnie Chaney taught second grade during 20's. Mrs. Ada McNeely third.

Rocky River, Cedar Hill, and Oak Grove were consolidated into Stanfield School. Grady Green, Sr. drove the first school bus, then Clyde Brooks. Joe Jenkins taught sixth grade. Some high school teachers:Mrs. J.F. Braswell, Carlton Dry, Mrs. Jimmie Turner, Annette Shinn, Frances Misenheimer (Home Ec.). Verna Mae Teeter taught grammar grades in 30's. One of the early janitors was Wade Hartsell, another, W.C. "Tip" Huneycutt, Marvin Thompson has been for several years now.

Main StreetFour teachers: Iberia Brittain, Carolyn Upchurch, Zelma Love, Mrs. Robert Furr. B.E. Holbrooks started business, garage and service station; in 1925 it grew into hardware business; groceries in 40's; plumbing and heating now for about 25 years.

Teachers in 1921 were: L.L. Deuson, Sophia and Leah Kendall, Mrs. Robert Furr.

Teachers in 1922 were: B.E. Battlefield, Nella Blodgett, Lela Furr, Blanche Kind, Mrs. Robert Furr.

1922-23 roller mill run by Tucker Bros. (Arnold, Jake, and Paul). In 1922, Farrington Morgan built his home, ran merchandise store (on right side of street where then stood) in 30's.

Where Bill McIntyre lives, old Adam Moss school house stood in early 20's. Jim Furr one of teachers. Bessie Smith, Ada McNeely, Mr. and Mrs. Brooks Jerome Ola Hayes, H.D. Green, Minnie Chaney.

TEacher: Mr Brittain, Mrs. Floyd Braswell, Mrs. Robert Furr, Mary Stewart, Ada McNeely, Lela Furr. Wade H. Love ran a store with brother, Sam, where Stanfield Mills parking lot is, sold to Zeke Morgan, who ran two stores later below Love's barn. In 1927, Wade Love built his first brick store, running it with Hamp Carpenter. Roy L. Furr ran it for many years. Mr. Love owns the building adjoining his sotre (except for Dwight Osbornes' Furniture). Mrs. Brooks Jerome owns STyle Center. Love bought lumber plan from Aaron Furr, Herrin, has been operating it on a big scale for about 15 years.

Teachers were: B.T. Hale, Mrs. Floyd Braswell, Ona Love.

Construction began on present school building, a high school, with 12 classrooms and auditorium. Teachers: B.T. Hale, Mrs. Floyd Braswell, Miss Bessie Smith, Mrs. Brooks Jerome, Ada McNeely, M.A. Boger Jr., Zell Rummage, Miss Haywood, Minnie Chaney, Lilliam Parkham, G.L. Winchester. Claude Love garage built in '26, he ran it until recent illness.

1927Bank of Stanfield
On June 1, R.C. Huneycutt and Tucker brothers were to open new roller mill (Stanfield Milling Co.). V.L. Mills and Rush Love erected new cotton gin with three 80 saw gins, gina a bale every 20 minutes. Love ran it and fertilizer barn until '64 (died Jan. '65). the fertilizer was mixed and bagged in n Lancaster, Greensboro and Charlotte, trucked in and resold to farmers. Lester Little ran service station in front of Love's garage, old hand pump still stands.

Jason Eudy operated first barber shop, still cut hair; Jack Long barbered since 20's, built present shop in '58.
B.E. Holbrook built new hardware store in '27 and filling station. Baptists planning new brick church, material gathering already. The horticulture class (10th and 11th grade) made plans for improving school grounds, program given by James Love, Harvey Jenkins, Craig Smith, Lee Treece, Everette Huneycutt, (13 teachers 1927). The men of community met to make two fills, grade street through school grounds, set trees and shrubs. Evening classes held, school well finished. Businesses in town that year: P.W. Teeter's Cafe (grocery and candy); J.F. Braswell had chicken mast for sale; Jason Eudy's Barber Shop; McEwen's Novelty Store (L.M. McEwen); Stanfield Grocery (Carl Presley); Piedmont Motor Co.; J.F. Morgan (hardware, grocery, shoes); H.P. Carpenter, cotton seeds; Wade H. Love (shoes, cross ties, lumber, real estate); J.L. Tucker (fertilizers). Ten stores, bank, two cafes, lumber plant. Maurice Smith ran bank, Marshall Herrin, cashier.

Tournament champions, basketball team in school; Hoyle Love, Dwight Osborne, Sherrill Huneycutt, Bob Mabrey, Pink Carpenter, Clarence Coley, Roy Furr, Coach Claude Goodman.

Stanfield Hosiery Mill (sock mill) Located where Marshall Haigler's home is, had a lake nearby for water supply. Virginia and Faye Lee among employees in '35. It burned in Spring of '39. T.F Morgan one of previous owners, Jake and Arnold Tucker managing the business. Lester Little was on school committee from '32 for 18 years, serving with him during later years were Henry Tarleton, Baxter Turner, Arthur Furr, Hoyle Tucker, John Little.

Arch Huneycutt (volume of problems printed) died in '38 at age of 56. Names connected with blacksmith shop; Marion Hargett, Shue, Jack Mann (operated it for about 20 years), located behind Holbrooks' store.

In 1935 school mascots were Keith Little and Kay Little. In 1936 - Tina Lee and Bobby Dale Austin (later ones are recorded in School annuals). C.F Henkel joined school staff in 1935, agriculture department (following a Mr. Wigley) and is still serving in that capacity at West Stanly. Lester Little was school board member in '35.

New mayor of Stanfield, Mr. Henkel is also member of Locust VFD which serves this area. Locust students came to Stanfield from seventh grade on, having no high school. Hayes, Brittain, White Summers, Sam Bivens, W.A. Murray, L.P. Beck, high school principals, present one being E.E. Hatley. Mrs. Ruth Henkel taught French, English grammar, and literature in high school. Mrs. Ona Little, who died in '68, taught for 37 years; Mrs. Zelma Jerome for 39 years; Mrs. Zell Moss, a teacher for 39 years, taught 37 in STanfield School. Mrs. Ike Blair and Mrs. Lilly Love have been primary grade teachers for several years. A brick gymnasium was built; a primary grades building in '40's.

The first meal served in new cafeteria at school was February 26, 1956. Mrs. Bernice Smith manager and Mrs. Lou Hatley helping. The last graduation at Stanfield High School was in 1962, students from 8th grade up, to go to consolidated West Stanly.

Lon and Pearl Morgan had a cafe "Stanfield Grill" they built new, from October 1947 to April 1950. Other businesses added in later years are: Spurgeon Osborne's Woodworking Shop, Phillip 66 Service, Huneycutt's BP Service, laundromat (before that, Herman Sasser ran laundry in it) in old bank building, Ralph Thomas' variety store, Felton Hatley's electrical repair shop, Marshall Haigler's garage (B&C Hosiery September 1969 - March 1970), beauty shops, Music Hall, Allendale Furniture industry south of town.

Wendall Talley, now outstanding young farmer in Stanfield area.

Ten churches in area are: Love's Chapel Methodist, Love's Grove Methodist, Rolling Hills Baptist, Indian Hill Presbyterian, Friendship Baptist, Stanfield First Baptist, Clark's Grove Primitive Baptist, Coil Baptist, Philadelphia Baptist, Kinza Baptist, and Poplar Springs.

In May, 1955, a bill was introduced into the NC Legislature to incorporate and charter Stanfield. I.H. Blair was the first mayor, with town aldermen being, Down Greene, Ralph L. Thomas, O.Y. Tucker, Ray L. Little, and Zeb Furr.

In May 1954, the Stanfield Lions Club was organized with 31 charter members, Joe Jenkins, the first president.

Stanfield Mills, managed by Larry Gincarlo, is the major industry in Stanfield, employing about 215.

"A Brief Outline of Stanly County History"

10,000 BC: Native American Hardaway Culture

1607 AD: First Permanent English Settlement in North America at Jamestown, VA

c. 1746: Settlers began to move into the Fork section (in the "V" formed by the confluence of the Rocky and Pee Dee Rivers below Norwood)

c. 1750 - 1770: Western Stanly settled by people of German origin

1765: Meadow Creek Primitive Baptist Church established near present day Locust

1771: Colson's Inn licensed on highway from Salisbury to Cheraw

1775-1783: American Revolution

1780: Military action between Patriots under William Davidson and Tories at Colson's

1790: Bethel United Methodist Church established

1799: Town of Allenton established - now under Lake Tillery

1806: Bear Creek Bethel Church established

1816: Typhoid epidemic in Allenton

c. 1820's - present day: Gold Mining

1822: St. Martin's Lutheran Church established

1826: Post Office established at Smith's Store

1830: Kendall's Baptist Church established

1834: Dr. Francis Kron takes up residence

1840: Montgomery County West (Stanly county) - 5171 people

1841: Stanly County created from Montgomery County

1843: Land donated by Hearn family to create county sea (Albemarle)

1847: Mark's house built on North 2nd Street in Albemarle

1850: Stanly County population 6,922

1853: Agriculture Society of Stanly County organizes Norwood area

1860: Stanly County population 7,801

1861-1865: American Civil War

1870: Stanly County population 8,315

1880: Stanly County population 10.505

1890: Stanly County population 12,136, Albemarle population 248

1891: Yadkin Railroad built in Stanly County, Bilesville renamed New London

1896: Efird Manufacturing Company established

1898: Albemarle Telephone Company established

1899: Wiscassett Mills Company established, Cabarrus Bank & Trust - first Albemarle Bank

1900-1905: Unsuccessful attempt to dam Yadkin River at Whitney

1904: Lillian Knitting Mill established

1906: Yadkin Brick Company established

1910: Stanly County population 19,909, Albemarle population 2,166, Electrical distribution plan began

1911: First County Agriculture Extension Agent

1911: Winston-Salem Southbound Railroad built across Stanly county from Whitney through Norwood

1913: Railroad built across Stanly County through Stanfield, Oakboro, and Norwood

1913: French-owned Carolina Aluminum Company begins construction of Badin and Narrows Dams

1914-1918: World War I

1915: Furr city incorporated as Oakboro, Carolina Aluminum Co. sells out to ALCOA

1917: Badin Lake formed by the completion of Narros Dam, the tallest concrete structure in the USA at that time

1918: Badin Hospital - first in Stanly County

1919-1928: Consolidation era in Stanly County Schools - 79 schools consolidated into 30 schools

1920: Stanly County population 27,429, Albemarle population 2,691

1923: Contract let on Stanly part of 24/27 to Charlotte, first paved road out of Albemarle

1928: Lake Tillery formed by Carolina Power and Light Co. dam

1930: Stanly County population 30,216 (88% rural), Albemarle population 3,493

1935: Mitchell Home renamed Pfeiffer Junior College

1939-1945: World War II

1940: Stanly County population 32,834 (87% rural), Albemarle population 4,060

1940: Morrow Mountain State Park dedicated

1943: Collins and Aikman comes to Stanly County

1950: Stanly County population 37,130 (68.2% rural), Albemarle population 11,798

1950: Pfeiffer College accredited as 4 year institution

1960: Stanly County population 40,873 (60% rural), Albemarle population 12,261

1961: Ten county high schools consolidated to three

1962: Tuckertown Lake formed

1970: Stanly County population 42,822, Albemarle population 11,126

1971: Stanly Technical Institute organized

1972: New Stanly County Library opened, new Stanly County Courthouse opened

1980: Stanly County population 48,517, Albemarle population 15,110

1991: Stanly County population 51,765, Albemarle population 14,939

2008: Stanly County population 59,614

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